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Dakar 1990: the first twin-cylinder Yamaha

The rally of the Pharaohs was approaching. Would leave in early October and represented an important test bench into sight of the next Paris-Dakar, l & #8217; most important event of the season in Africa. The Egyptian race took on a major importance for Yamaha, After an unsuccessful pursuit of victory with its Thumper, always protagonist, but always defeat in recent editions, He decided to comply with the plan chosen by Honda and Cagiva (but not by Suzuki) building a twin-cylinder marked with the initials YZE 750 T.

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Was setting so the abbreviation OW that the official bike rally had divided along with the 500 from the Grand Prix. Before the official premiere to the Pharaohs baby girl Yamaha took his first steps in Japan with Franco Picco and Stephan Peterhansel who had the opportunity to try that again in France, amended accordingly on the basis of information provided by them on the occasion of the first test. Peak and Peterhansel came back riding just off the beaches of Le Touquet where former home of the famous enduro race, and both were pleased how it improved the bike, giving up a few kilometers in top speed in Exchange for a larger shooting at low to medium schemes.YZE1990-1

The new YZE 750 T were available only two specimens for peak and Peterhansel, but two other bikes will be completed on time for the Paris-Dakar, one for the Italian team and the other for the French #8217 &;. These are the first images of the official bi-cylindrical accompanied by technical data not too thorough for the traditional secrecy of the Japanese, rather reluctant to reveal the "secrets" of their creatures.

YZE1990-3The engine capacity was about 800 cm3 and power exceeded 70 CV to 7500 rpm for a top speed of 170 km/h (against the 150 km/h of the «mono»). The frame was lower than the OW 94 (renamed today YZE 750. The fork had stems of 46 mm with a & #8217; excursion 300 mm. The rear shock was instead of 260 mm. The brakes were both to disk and a dry weight of just 190 kg. For his latest creation, the Yamaha had made precisely the complex equipment necessary to address rally.

The trip master the electronic compass everything had been prepared for Iwata and the bike came to Europe already "ready race», only to be painted in the colors of the sponsor. Traditionally were the teams to deal with purchase and mounting of instruments, become increasingly sophisticated over the years and decisive for the outcome of the races #8217 &;.

Special tks to Stefano Magician for article #8217 &;